Wooden Handle – A woodturning project

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My wife is great in the kitchen.  I love to turn projects that she then uses to create culinary delights that I get to eat.  One day she asked if I could make a wooden handle for her tablespoon measure.  The metal spoon had lasted longer than the plastic handle.  I think it suffered contact […]

Mounting Wood on a Lathe Without Using a Chuck

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When you have just acquired your first lathe the number of accessory selections can be overwhelming.  All you want to do is turn some wood.  For many of the posts on this blog I use a multi-jawed chuck.  While this chuck is convenient it is not necessary for your turning.  Most lathes come with a […]

How to top a good wine – make a bottle stopper – A woodturning project

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A wood turned bottle stopper is a great accent to a good bottle of wine.  This gives you a chance to try different turning techniques like adding burn lines or a captive ring.  This is a small project that does not require special wood or specialized turning tools.  Be creative and make different shapes with […]

5 Steps to Prepare Rough Wood for Turning

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A very common question is where do I find wood for turning.  The next challenge is, once you have collected some wood, boards, or branches, how do you get the rough wood onto your lathe?  The key to successful woodturning is preparing the wood to turn, then securing that wood on the lathe so that […]

Turning Blanks from your Table Saw

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Getting wood to turn on you lathe can be a challenge.  However the off cuts from a building site have great potential as practice turning blanks.  Off cuts of commercial 2 x4s make good turning blanks for beginners.   The wood is usually fir, spruce, or pine.  These are soft woods rather than hard woods.  The […]

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